Guillermo del Toro Says Hellboy III Will Be the Last
by Alex Billington
April 24, 2008
Let's take a moment to focus 100% on Guillermo del Toro's upcoming Hellboy II: The Golden Army and keep all other del Toro discussion back where it belongs. Everyone should know that I'm a huge Hellboy fan and have been trying to build extra interest in the upcoming sequel this summer because I think it's going to be a phenomenal film (possibly one of the best of the year?). If that ends up being true, then the next question will be when the hell are we getting Hellboy III? I know I asked that after I saw the first Hellboy - I just knew there were so many great stories to tell in the Hellboy universe. Thankfully Guillermo is already planning a third Hellboy sequel, but demands no more after that.
Unfortunately we all know that Guillermo won't be able to make Hellboy III unless Hellboy II does very well this summer. Why is that unfortunate? Because I'm a bit worried Hellboy II is going to be quickly forgotten in the mix of much more recognizable superheroes like Iron Man and Batman. Thankfully Guillermo isn't so concerned, but he does say that if he does make a Hellboy III, it'll be the last one, no more sequels or prequels after it (thank goodness). SciFi.com caught up with del Toro at the New York Comic Con last weekend and heard the following:
"If there was ever a third one, I would really make sure that we at least sign a contract that there is no more," del Toro said in an interview at New York Comic Con last week. "No prequels and no sequels: nothing. If that happens, then there is a third one we have planned, and the seeds are planted in this film."
Although we're still 78 days out from discovering what exactly takes place in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, speculation has already begun as to the story Guillermo might focus on in Hellboy III. The comic's original creator, Mike Mignola, has a fruitful relationship with Guillermo and has worked intricately with him to develop these two films as well as numerous other projects like the animated series and the upcoming video game. Guillermo told SciFi that the third sequel would head back to the "pulp mythology of the original comic book series." Here are his ideas so far:
"The idea for me is to bring back the Nazis characters, but bring them back in a way they would operate now," del Toro said. "Meaning, what public face would the Nazis have in 2009/2010? How rich would they be? How in charge could they be? It's not this group of freakies that hide in the sewers, but people that are incredibly rich."
I love that idea, but I'm trying not to think too far ahead. Right now all I want to focus on is Hellboy II and (hopefully) how great of a movie it will be. I really love everything surrounding the Hellboy mythology and especially the B.P.R.D. (the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense). The universe Mike Mignola has created is so vivid and wonderful and I'm excited to even see how far Guillermo's imagination takes us in the second film. If you love the Hellboy universe as much as I do or just want to see Hellboy III get made, then please go out and see Hellboy II: The Golden Army in theaters on July 11th! Don't let Hellboy be forgotten this summer!